Illustration of reincarnation to demonstrate glass sculptures in one of the pages of this Magazine.’
The Zoroastrians considered the lotus flower sacred because it grew in the middle of a swamp, and they believed that an unsuitable living environment could not be a reason for human beings to grow up inadequately. The lotus lithograph engraved in Persepolis indicates the importance of this flower to the Iranians. In Eastern culture, the lotus flower is a symbol of purity since its path to flourishing is similar to cultivation, starting in the darkness of the swamp, trying to gain a goal, which is reaching the sunlight, until the moment it reaches the water surface. If a person follows the principles of truth, benevolence, and patience, he shall grow like a lotus. The petals of the lotus symbolize the different levels of abandonment of human dependence to achieve higher realms of cultivation.